A conversation on social justice at the Central Library

The Hate Speech, Freedom of Expression, and Transgender Human Rights speaking event by human rights lawyer, Adrienne Smith, was scheduled to take place at the Central library but is now posponed. Yet, here are their words. Working for others Smith, a Vancouver native, is a fixture in the transgender rights community and has been involved in many…

Zahra Shahab: transformation and identity through movement

Zahra Shahab, an artist known for blending visual art and choreographed pieces, will showcase a performative art piece at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) on Mar. 5, 2020 for International Women’s Day. Shahab entered into dance in an unconventional way. As a graduate from the University of Calgary School of Creative…

Diaspora in discussion: Rebecca Fisseha comes to Vancouver

Prepare to explore the depths of the female experience with Incite: The Secret Lives of Women. This event, in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest, will showcase female authors and the strong fictional women they create. Marjorie Celona (How a Woman Becomes a Lake), Rebecca Fisseha (Daughters of Silence), and Mallary Tater (The Birth Yard) will be…

Lighting up the stage

“It’s not ideology that separates us as people, it’s language,” says Ian Carney, co-creator of Lightwire theatre along with Corbin Popp. “When you speak the language that everyone speaks, the language of dance, everyone understands what you’re saying.” Through the use of Electroluminescent wire (EL wire), Carney found a way to combine all of his…

LeFLOFRANCO: thinker, musician, artist

“I think, therefore I am…but, who am I?” This is the question that Ottawa musician LeFLOFRANCO, or simply, FLO, tried to answer in detail on his first full length album, Force inhérente,meaning inherent strength, released Sept. 27, 2019. It’s also the question FLO will continue to answer during his two shows on Mar. 7 and 8,…

Speed dating with fiction: local writers share their work

Several authors from around British Columbia will be sharing their fiction in a writers showcase at the Central Library on Feb. 23. Michele Amitrani, Joan Boxall, Maggie Edwards, Janet Hudgins, and Japhy Ryder will read snippets of their works at this event. Amitrani is a prolific fiction author who has written several dark fantasy and…

A case with consequences

A contemporary conspiracy thriller, the world premiere of Cipher is underway at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage. Running until Mar. 7, the show looks to subvert iconic tropes of the noir genre, with a cold case that examines some modern social issues. Neo-noir Cipher centers around a long unsolved murder mystery, a fictional Vancouver Island case inspired by…

God’s Lake: the lived truths

God’s Lake Narrows is a small Indigenous community located approximately 550 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. This isolated fly-in community is only accessed by way of plane, boat or winter ice roads. Certain lives within this community will be explored in the upcoming verbatim theatre production, God’s Lake, hosted by Presentation House Theatre. It runs from…

Mapping Worlds – A blur of boundaries between reality and fantasy

Mapping Worlds showcases Inuit artist Shuvinai Ashoona’s pieces that reflect fantastical imagery linked to her roots in Kinngait (Cape Dorset). The exhibition will run from Feb. 22–May 24, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). “The show was inspired by working with Ashoona for over 15 years and is based on my research done for my…

Grupo Corpo returns to Vancouver

The Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo will present two works at the Vancouver Playhouse on Feb. 28 and 29. Hosted by Dance House, this is the company’s second visit to Vancouver, following a ten year absence. “[Grupo Corpo has achieved a] reputation recognized around the world, because they truly do a very unique movement…

Decolonized voices: celebrating Canadian Black HERstories

Contributions through academic and artistic performance are celebrated at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology with the Black Canadian Women, a series with poetry, discussion and music for Black History Month (Feb. 6). “If they are reaching out to shift this paradigm of race and culture in this city, I’d love to be part of that support,”…